LG promises to do better and kick off Android 10 updates 'this year'

LG promises to do better and kick off Android 10 updates 'this year'
While companies like OnePlus and Nokia have already followed in Google and Essential's footsteps with stable Android 10 updates for a few phones released running the previous OS version, LG is today barely announcing the start of a public preview program (translated).

Unsurprisingly, G8 ThinQ users in the OEM's homeland of Korea will get the first chance to take Android 10 for a test drive sometime this month, followed by V50 ThinQ owners in the same country at some point next month. Unfortunately, LG doesn't seem ready to commit to a firm domestic release schedule yet, which obviously also means we have nothing to share in terms of official international rollout timelines.

For what it's worth, the company does plan to provide a "formal OS upgrade" by the end of the year after receiving feedback from public beta testers and taking said feedback into consideration to iron out kinks, stabilize, and improve the Android 10 goodie pack before sending it over-the-air to the global masses. Interestingly, LG appears to acknowledge its Software Upgrade Center hasn't exactly been running very smoothly since its April 2018 introduction

Once again, the company is looking to turn the page to a new chapter as far as software support is concerned, focusing on "recovering the trust of smartphone customers." But it sounds like the earliest we can hope for a stable Android 10 update to hit the LG G8 ThinQ and V50 ThinQ in the Western Hemisphere is early 2020, which might not be fast enough to regain the trust of a lot of people.

On the bright side, LG is off to a slightly better start with today's announcement than back in November 2018, when the Android 9.0 Pie beta program for the G7 ThinQ opened its doors in Korea. Unfortunately, it took another eight months for the first official update on a US carrier to begin rolling out, which hopefully won't be the case this time around.

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